Feb 222015

BroadwayBoundThe Orange Players will hold auditions for Neil Simon’s “Broadway Bound” at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road on Monday, Feb. 23 and Wednesday, Feb. 25 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The script calls for 6 main characters, 4 men and 2 women.

Here is a SCENE from the Broadway Play.

You may prepare a short monologue of your choosing or a “side” from the script will be provided.  If you have a headshot and theater resume please bring them with you.

The show is directed by Kevin Miller of Stratford and will run May 8- 10th.  Rehearsal will begin in March.

For further information or questions, contact Marianne Miller at (203) 795-3906/marianne_miller@sbcglobal.net or visit the website at www.orangeplayers.net

Originally Published on: Feb 9, 2015 @ 10:20

Oct 052014

Screen Shot 2014-10-05 at 6.35.14 PMThe Orange Players Present: A Singer’s Workshop with Gary Harger at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, on Thursday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.

The workshop shall begin with a brief discussion and demonstration of proper vocal technique, followed by a group warm-up, and perhaps even a group song. Interested participants should prepare a song or audition piece of moderate length, and have either the sheet music or a track available.

There also is the option of singing a capella. There are no age-limits or experience levels required, as it is NOT a singing contest or talent competition.  Some attendees may simply wish to “audit” and observe the class — no one is forced to get up and sing!

Emphasis will be on musicality, diction, vocalism, and performance values. All comments and critiques are given in a forthright, supportive, and constructive fashion, and questions are most welcome.

Interested participants should contact [email protected].

For more information, check out the Orange Players’ webpage www.orangeplayers.net or on Facebook.


May 182014

Did you miss the Orange Players’ production of “Kick Out Of Cole”? You still have one last chance today with a matinee performance at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $20. The show is at the High Plains Community Center. Call the  box office at (203)988-5335 tocole cast inquire about space availability. 


May 172014

orange playersThe Orange Players will present the music of Cole Porter in a rendition by Leo Meyer entitled A KICK OUT  OF COLE.  This spring production, will delight and enlighten you with fabulous music and a talented cast in  a cabaret-style setting.

Please feel free to bring beverages and any dinner or snacks you might like to enjoy during the show.

Doors open 45 minutes prior to the show.

The performances are all at High Plains Community Center on 525 Orange Center Rd. (RT 152) on  May 15, 16, and 17 at 8:00 p.m. and on May 18 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are available at http://www.orangeplayers.net/tickets.htm or call the box office at (203)988-5335

“The Orange Players is the OLDEST CONTINUALLY ACTIVE COMMUNITY THEATER IN CONNECTICUT and we are very proud of it,” said longtime member Marianne Miller.  “Visit the website periodically for any updates on workshops or other Orange Players activities.”

Apr 202014

1298The Orange Players Proudly Presents A Kick Out of Cole 2014 Spring Cabaret Featuring Cole Porter’s Beloved Songs

Celebrate spring with the Orange Players in their cabaret performance of Cole Porter’s timeless tunes! Musical director Will Duchon, director Leo Meyer, and assistant director Pat Miller bring the music of Cole Porter to life in this lively cabaret.

Performance dates are May 15-17 at 8 pm, with a matinee performance May 18th at 3 pm. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased via Paypal, on the Orange Players website (www.orangeplayers.net) , by calling the box office at 203-988-5353

Seating is cabaret style.  Doors open 45 minutes prior to the show.  Feel free to bring your own food and drink.


If you have any questions, please contact producers TJ Chila ([email protected], 203-878-9281) and Marianne Miller ([email protected], 203-795-3906).

Apr 102014

cole porterOrange Players need a musical director for its upcoming show, “A Kick Out Of Cole,” a musical review of Cole Porter songs.

The show is cast and all music is available.

The Players need to continue rehearsing this week if possible. The show dates are May 15, 16, 17 in the evening and a matinee on May 18. All rehearsals and performances will be at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road. (RT 152)

If interested, Please call Marianne at 203 795-3906 (leave a message with return phone number if not answering right away) ASAP.

Mar 262014

cole porterThe Orange Players are having auditions for “A Kick Out of Cole”- a musical revue celebrating the songs of Cole Porter.

“Anything Goes,” “Do I Love You?”  “Don’t Fence Me In,”  “Be A Clown,” “I Get A Kick Out Of You,” “It’s De-Lovely,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,”  “My Heart Belong To Daddy.”

Auditions will be held on Thursday, March 27th from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road (Rt 152), Orange, CT.

Please come prepared with a song of your choice.

The show will be May 16, 17, & 18th, 2014

For information contact TJ Chila @ 203-878-9281


Nov 012013

peanuts1970s2-08“There’s that cute little red-headed girl eating her lunch over there. I wonder what she would do if I went over and asked her if I could sit and have lunch with her?” — Charlie Brown

You don’t have to worry about with whom you will sit like Charlie Brown if you bring a group of friends to the Orange Players’ production of “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown” at the High Plains Community Center 525 Orange Center Road (Rt. 152) on Nov. 1 or 2.

The show begins at 8:00 p.m. with the doors opening at 7:15 each night.

Cabaret seating, bring your own food and beverage of choice (NO SET-UPS PROVIDED)

Tickets are $20 each. Call the box office at 203 988-5335 and visit our website at www.orangeplayers.net

The show is directed by Kevin Miller with Will Duchon as musical director.

For information, call Marianne Miller at (203) 795-3906 or e-mail [email protected] 

“Orange Players is one of the oldest continually running community theater organizations! We need your support to continue. We also have sponsorships available,” Miller said.


Originally Published on: Oct 07, 2013 @ 1:31

Aug 052013

An image from the 2013 Relay For Life Luminaria Ceremony and Andrea Shiffrin

An image from the 2013 Relay For Life Luminaria Ceremony and Andrea Shiffrin

The town is mourning one of its well known most civic-minded citizens today.

Andrea Shiffrin passed away this morning. She was known for the many hats she wore in Orange over the years.

She was a realtor with Coldwell Banker in Orange, a member of the Orange Players, producing, performing and directing numerous shows. She also was a member of the Orange Arts and Culture Council.

In January, she was one of two Women Who Make A Difference honorees recognized by the Democratic Town Committee.

She was missed last weekend at the Orange Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival where she and other members of the Coldwell Banker staff have volunteered in the main food tent for many years.

It was no secret that Andrea battled cancer for many years.

Selectman Mitch Goldblatt said “No one fought as valiantly as she did against cancer and she did it with grace.”

Her longtime friend, fellow Orange Player Marianne Miller said she spent most of the past week with Andrea and helped administer her medications.

“She was surrounded by family and she went peacefully without any pain,” she said. “That’s what’s important.”

Her funeral arrangements are being handled by Shure Funeral Home, 543 George Street, New Haven. — 1 p.m. Thursday is what we’ve heard.

Orange Live will post her obituary as soon as it becomes available.

Jan 272013

Are you looking for some good clean fun tonight?  The Orange Players presents the final performance of the comedy “THE CEMETERY CLUB” on Feb. 2 at the High Plains Community Center on 525 Orange Center Rd. Cabaret-style seating allows you to bring your own food and beverage of choice for the evening. No set-ups are provided.The doors open at 7:15 p.m. and the show begins at 8:00 p.m. For more information or question please call Producer Marianne Miller at (203) 795-3906. Tickets are only $20 each.. CALL (203) 988-5335 today!

This comedy with much Jewish humor is about the widows Doris, Ida and Lucille, whose husbands died one after another in just a few years. The 3 friends in their 50s react quite differently on the deaths. But they make it a habit to meet every year at the graves of their husbands and talk about perspectives in their lives.

“The Cemetery Club,” is a story about love and friendship and three women who deal with death and go through the ups and downs of life together.

The story, set in Queens, N.Y. in fall, follows the lives of three longtime friends, all widows, who form a “cemetery club,” in which they visit their dead husbands’ graves together each month.

Though they are extremely close to one another, the three women have very different personalities. Doris (Mallie Massaro) is set in her ways. She visits the cemetery faithfully, and refuses to live a life that does not somehow involve her deceased husband. Lucille (Dawn Reiss-Melillo) is the complete opposite of Doris. With too much makeup and a flamboyant personality, Lucille seems to be making up for the flawed relationship she had with her husband by chasing as many men as she possibly can. Ida (T.J. Chila) balances out the threesome. She is slowly getting over the loss of her husband and wants some kind of change in her life.

After deliberating with herself, she decides she won’t go to the cemetery as often. She also starts dating Sam (Paul Templeton), a friend of hers who is a widower. Doris and Lucille, both set in their own ways, don’t Ike Ida’s new take on life. It is from this that most of the conflict arises.

The play touches on many subjects and themes, some humorous while some are heartrending. What ties everything together are the heartfelt, realistic portrayals of the characters by the actors. Each actor brings a different, but necessary, element to the story. Reiss-Melillo gives the most memorable performance in the play. Her portrayal of the loud and ostentatious Lucille is quite comical.

Massaro counters Reiss-Melillo’s flamboyance with sensible and bulll-headed behavior. She brings a more somber mood to the play.

Chila makes the character of Ida seem real. She does a splendid job of conveying personality through the tone of her voice and with her mannerisms.

Templeton as well as Barbara Stolarik – who plays a small part as Mildred, one of Sam’s dates,  add flavor to the play. Though the characters they play are essentially one dimensional, they bring to light new and different elements of human behavior and aspects of life.

All the elements of the production -from the cast, to the set, to the engaging dialogue – make “The Cemetery Club” worth seeing. Its an unusual play with an important message: life may change, but love will always remain.

A laugh a minute? Pretty darned close. This show is really funny. Call your friends, get a table and enjoy the show! You’ll be glad you did.